Riding The Red Rattler

A few interesting finds added to the Aussie Models timeline. (Weston Langford Photograph) When I was a lad riding the rails the train of choice was the Red Rattler. If a Bluey pulled in I would sometimes wait for the next one in hope of riding the Red. The Tait class of train was far … Continue reading Riding The Red Rattler

Kangaroo Hop (The Swiss Connection)

G'Day Riff Raffers, It's an Australian hop, the Kangaroo hop, but it's also the German hop. Earlier this year I found The Kangaroo mouth organ in of all places Riga, Latvia. I had believed in the beginning that this was manufactured by Seydel for Albert's here down under. In Ray Grieve's magnificent resource book Boomerangs … Continue reading Kangaroo Hop (The Swiss Connection)

Chromatically Chromonica Chronologically

Hi Riff Raffers, A new, very old harp housed in its original box now resides in my humble collection. Mark Weber has meticulously investigated and reviewed technical aspects of the harp at chromhistory. What follows is an account of my pursuance from world experts on how, when and where this Hohner harp, 'The Up To … Continue reading Chromatically Chromonica Chronologically

Hohner’s Hollandia (Nova) Harp

G'Day Riff Raffers, Hohner, a world leader in accordion and mouth organ manufacturing, had its share of difficulties in becoming one of the major players in the Australian Mouth Organ market in the early part of the twentieth century. Most models were available in the colonies and they included the popular ‘Up To Date’ and … Continue reading Hohner’s Hollandia (Nova) Harp

Aussie Models-Timeline

Hi there Riff Raffers, A timeline of Australian models (an attempt), as promised a while back. No no no, not that type of model, sorry! Australian brand harmonicas up to WWII. Like this.1890’s-The Scorcher (F A Rauner/Feldheim, Gotthelf & Co)-up to 1920 1895/99-The Melba (?/H S Chipman-TM 1895), Crack A Jack (F A Rauner?/?) 1896-Woolloomooloo … Continue reading Aussie Models-Timeline

Up To Date

  Hi Riff Raffers, Having determined that collecting vintage/antique harmonicas was confined to my past why did I shell out twenty bucks on another harmonica that didn't even have its original box. Their worth more in their original packaging. Freud would say it had something to do with my toilet training, of course he would. … Continue reading Up To Date